Behold, what I've been working on since January.
It's not as shiny as it actually is, since the lighting in my kitchen is lousy, and there was a lot of black petina on the metal that I couldn't completely get rid of. I'll probably keep the black, since it makes it look more sinister.
Btw, the gash on the bottom right side was unintentional: when I was cutting it away the bottom sprews, I let another student take over for me when I went to rest my hands, and when I came back he had cut into it instead of along the side.
Incidentally, lest you think this is merely nerd art, I advise you to think again. It's functional as a belt buckle and a declaration of your Transformers allegiance. ^^
(Not for sale ... yet.)